Hunting Boots Buying Guide
Hunting boots are an often looked item in your hunting gear arsenal. Let's face it if you're feet aren't comfortable then you aren't either. Some of the guys I hunt with have the best of hunting outerwear, guns and gear, but for some reason they scrimp on their boots. A good pair of boots can make the difference between a good day of hunting and a great day. This article will give you some tips on the factors that you should take into account before buying a pair of hunting boots.
Well, I'm sorry to say I've haven't been able to find a single pair of hunting boots that will work for all types of hunting, however I have a couple of pairs of hunting boots that come close. My Rocky Super Brutes are the best hunting boots I've found yet for an all purpose set of boots, but still have some shortcomings.
My best advice is to consider purchasing two sets of hunting boots and if money allows consider three sets of hunting boots. Assuming you give the boots some TLC you should have them for some time which will help mitigate the purchase of more than one set of boots for hunting.
Factors To Take Into Consideration When Purchasing Hunting Boots
1. What type of hunting are you doing? Is it upland, stationary or stand hunting and how much walking do you plan on doing in your hunting boots?
If you'll be walking rough terrain while hunting then consider a set of boots with more ankle support. The fact that you're walking means that you won't need the additional insulation many stand hunting boots offer. Strong Soles are a must and above all on rough terrain hunting make sure the boot fits right.
If you do a lot of upland hunting then choose a light pair of hunting boots with nylon or some form of mesh upper. Since the fact your upland hunting means you'll be hoofing it then make sure the boots you choose are very breathable.
For swamp hunting choose a pair of rubber boots that fit well to your foot. Too much traction is never enough when wading through marsh so pick a pair of hunting boots with plenty of traction.
If you're a diehard who doesn't leave his stand no matter how bad the hunting is or what the weather is throwing at you then consider a pair of hunting boots with heavy insulation. Look for boots with over 600g of thinsulate if not more. Make sure the soles are of adequate thickness as the board or tree stand you’re standing on can send it's chill right up through your boots.
There are a number of excellent bow hunting boots are the market now days. Here you want a pair of boots preferably rubber offering a little insulation, but just enough to keep the cold off your feet since bow hunting in most areas of the country occurs earlier in the year than hunting rifle season. Bow hunting boots are progressing rapidly and are no longer just a pair of rubber hunting boots offering little more than being waterproof. Today's bow hunting boots are scent proof, feature all terrain capability and comfortable. To say some of the better boots on the market for bow hunting are comfortable is an understatement.
Last, but not least don't forget your boots for hunting are only as good as your socks. Buy a pair of socks especially made for hunting which wick sweat away from your foot and you should be okay. Buy a pair of generic hunting socks and you might just have problems. More on socks and fit in another article.
See Our Reviews Of Hunting Boots.
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